Category Archives: Health and Group Benefits

Employers can’t ask about salary history any more. So, what now?

Pay equity continues to be a hot topic: shareholder activist groups, politicians, and Hollywood stars are talking about it. For a number of companies, it’s deeply embedded in their external brand. Equal pay has been under the regulatory spotlight for … Continue reading →

The three C’s to an excellent pay review process

Forget you’re a manager… for just a minute. Remember you’re also an employee.  You’ve completed performance reviews, gone into great detail as to all the contributions you’ve made over the course of the year to ensure your manager knows every … Continue reading →

Design thinking for a better employee experience

It’s increasingly common in HR circles to hear terms that frame issues from the point of view of the end users (i.e., employees). This might include: we need to be more agile, we need to consider our employees as consumers … Continue reading →

Does your HR portal create a zen place for your employees?

The saying goes, “there is place for everything and everything in its place.”  I often think of this when I work with organizations on arranging their HR content.  In my last blog post, “Implementing an HR portal? Get your house … Continue reading →

Professional writing can take benefit communications from “what” to “sign me up!”

When I consult with clients, I like to emphasize the value of well-written benefit communication materials, but I often wonder if they understand its importance. Though most people are not professional writers, they’re able to recognize “good” or “not so … Continue reading →

Use video to reach — and teach — your employees

No doubt your workforce is unique in many ways. However, they’re probably just like everyone else in that they are short on time and want a great communication experience  — one that’s engaging, easy to understand, and accessible when they … Continue reading →

Employer priorities shaping demand for value-based care delivered by health systems

Health systems are facing a number of factors that are significantly changing the industry, including emerging consumerism, expanding use of technology, regulatory complexity and disruptive competition. Out of all of this, the issues with a fee-for-service model within health care … Continue reading →

It’s time to get personal about communicating the value of executive total rewards

When you hear executive compensation, what do you think about? Millionaires. Stock Options. Private jets. All of those are good possibilities. But what do you don’t probably think about are things like the 80 hour work weeks, constant business travel, … Continue reading →

Inflation’s effect on salaries: What does time tell us?

Contrary to popular belief, numbers can both lie or tell certain truths. It all depends on the question asked. For example, looking at long-term trends for key economic data over the past 20 years, the world appears to be in … Continue reading →

Global survey: Cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight

The cost of employer-provided health care benefits around the globe continues to climb with little relief in sight, according to insurers responding to the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Global Medical Trends Survey. The survey results, published this month, is the … Continue reading →